Local-ish Record Review: Calcutta

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Calcutta
Out of Daylight
Calcuttamusic.com

We admit it's a bit of a stretch to talk about a band based up in Ventura County rather than down here, but given a good chunk of the members went to college at places like UCI and Cal State Fullerton it's not like they don't know the place.

Besides, credit to any band that forms in high school 15 years back and is still chugging along while individual members are dealing with the life/timesucker known as grad school, so call them spiritual cousins to OC's own Thrice if you like.

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This all said, Out of Daylight, the band's third full-length, is the kind of freshly scrubbed and clear sounding rock with electronic touches and breaks. It's the logical end result of growing up around here and listening to the more emo and/or Anglophilic side of KROQ in recent years.

There are peppy arrangements, just-melancholic enough lyrics and singing, and riffs emerging every so often that confirm someone's either a Weezer fan or likes the same kind of hair metal Rivers Cuomo does. Nothing on the album is going to shake up your expectations across the board, but if ever there was a band that sounded like they should be on the soundtrack for The OC (if that show kept going), Calcutta is it.


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